DODOMA-based Benjamin Mkapa Hospital (BMH) has expressed commitment to continue building its capacity to tackle Gender Based Violence (GBV).
Assistant Director of Training and Research of the BMH, Ms Hindu Ibrahim expressed the commitment over weekend when briefing journalists on the just-ended training workshop on GBV for BMH’s medics yesterday, noting that the training would help BMH’s medics to serve victims of GBV better when seeking medication at the BMH.
“It is the second time in this year for our medics to undergo training on Gender Based Violence (GBV) to improve service to victims of GBV,” Ms Ibrahim said.
The training, which was sponsored by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in collaboration with the Health Ministry, drew its participants from every directorate in the BMH, the Zonal Referral Hospital.
Ms Ibrahim said the training helps BMH’s medics to easily identify cases of Gender Based Violence and play a pivotal role in evidence, adding that the training helps to curb cases of GBV in the Central Zone.
Reproductive Health and Children Programme Officer, Ms Notgera Ngaponda, informed that the government came up with the idea of training of GBV because the problem has become serious in Lake and Central zone.
“The government came up with the idea of a training workshop at the BMH after a recent demographic survey showed that the problem has become serious in the Central Zone regions,” she said.
Ms Ngaponda explained that the demographic survey found out that children were the main victims of GBV and that the cases stands at 78 per cent presently.
WHO Focal Person, Ms Marry Kessy, said the UN organisation supports training programmes on GBV in order to curb the problem in the country, saying WHO supports such programmes to the countries that entered international agreement to protect children.